Anne had a plan. “When I was at school I wanted to be a radiographer.” Between school and college, Anne applied for jobs to gain much-needed interview practice.

“I wanted to be prepared before applying to Radiography School so I applied for a few technical roles. To my surprise I was offered a job as a trainee technician in one of those interviews and the rest is history. 37 years later and I’m still here.”

Thanks to years of dedication and professional development, Anne is now Technical Team Lead at the Department of Neurosciences at Sheffield University.

“I lead a team of nine technicians to deliver technical services to the department. I’m responsible for biological safety in the department and have learnt a whole range of technical skills on the job.”

Anne never lost focus and began by studying Biological Laboratory Sciences at Richmond College in Sheffield.

“I gained the best grades in the region and was chosen to receive my qualification in London from the Duke of Kent.”

Anne has been at Sheffield University since 1980, working her way up through technical grades to get where she is today.

In 2010, Anne became team leader.

“When I’m travelling to work, I never know what the day will bring. Once the Queen came to the university and we were searched by sniffer dogs before she even arrived!”

Anne - Career Pathway

  • 1980
    Finished school with 10 O levels
  • 1980 - 1983
    Trainee Research Technician
  • 1984
    Gained HNC in Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • 1983 - 1988
    Research Technician, Department of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Sheffield (UoS)
  • 1988 - 2006
    Senior Research Technician at UoS
  • 2006 - 2010
    Technical Lead, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UoS
  • 2010 - Present
    Technical Team Lead, Department of Neurosciences, Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), UoS

Stats - University Science Technician

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Employment Statuses

Full Time Employed: 66,886
Part Time Employed: 18,006
Self Employed: 2,515
Total Employed: 87,407

Gender Split

Male: 58,319
Female: 29,088

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Laboratory technicians

Laboratory technicians carry out routine laboratory tests and checks, and perform a variety of technical support functions requiring the application of established or prescribed procedures and techniques to assist scientists with their research, development, analysis and testing, and to verify the physical, chemical and other characteristics of materials and products.


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